Jobs at The Citizen

 

COURT REPORTER

A full-time, office-based position for a COURT Reporter exists within our Editorial Department reporting to the News Editor of The Citizen newspaper, based in Industria West, Roodepoort.

Purpose of the job:

To cover news stories focusing on court cases and to write accurate and well-written copy for daily publication.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Production of accurate and well-written news copy.
  • Gathering of news focusing on high-profile court cases.
  • Generation of ideas and proposals for new stories.
  • Covering important court cases
  • Establishing a network of contacts
  • Monitor electronic news outlets to pick up on news leads and story ideas.

Core Competencies:

  • Talent for writing coupled with a keen news sense
  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Journalism
  • Two years experience as a Court Reporter
  • Passion for breaking news
  • Good general knowledge and knowledge of current affairs
  • Excellent knowledge of the legal system
  • Newsroom experience
  • Ability to work accurately and under pressure
  • Deadline driven
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Must be able to work independently and with little supervision
  • Fully computer literate

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license essential
  • Own vehicle essential
  • Willing to work irregular hours and weekends
  • Solid references
  • No criminal record
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in the subject line: Court Reporter
  • Closing date for applications: 13 May 2022
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.

 

SENIOR DIGITAL JOURNALIST

Remuneration: Market Related

Province:             Gauteng

City:                       Industria West, Roodepoort

An opportunity for a Senior Digital Journalist exists within our Digital Department, reporting to the Digital News Editor of The Citizen.

Purpose of the Job:

To cover news events assigned by the Digital News Editor and to produce accurate and well-written stories daily for the Citizen’s online publication and paywall.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Publish at least 4 high-quality, Premium articles per week, across a variety of beats and topics (Exclusives, features, investigative pieces).
  • Plan and write fresh, accurate copy to deadline for all platforms, in cooperation with the Digital News Editor and Editor.
  • Manage your own daily diary, and pitching unique story ideas, with creative angles and elements.
  • Create, publish, and promote multimedia content, working independently as well as with the multimedia team.
  • Researching of articles.
  • Gathering of news from a variety of reliable sources.
  • Interviewing sources.
  • Covering important events/issues timeously.
  • Staying up to date with privacy, contempt and defamation laws.
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts.
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices.
  • Monitor and effectively use social media to pick up news leads and story ideas, as well as promote your work.
  • Upload and publish stories using the company’s CMS.
  • Assist with online administrative functions as directed.
  • Mentor and coach junior staff members.
  • Monitor analytics constantly.
  • Utilise analytics to maximise all stories and articles published on citizen.co.za.
  • Adhere to Google algorithm requirements and write with SEO and Google search in mind.
  • Study and adhere to The Citizen and citizen.co.za’s Voice and Style Guide.

Core Competencies Required:

Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Journalism.
  • Minimum 5 years’ mainstream journalism experience.
  • Talent for writing, coupled with a keen interest in breaking news and current affairs.
  • Established network of political contacts.
  • Newsroom and current affairs writing experience.
  • Ability to adapt to changing news and media scene, with a keen interest in new media

Skills:

  • Experience using any CMS (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Experience in using Adobe CS, Final Cut or other video editing tools, or audio editing tools.
  • Basic Photography/videography skills
  • Communication skills.
  • Relationship-building skills.

Aptitude:

  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Deadline driven.
  • High degree of professional journalistic conduct.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Availability to work overtime and on weekends.
  • Ability to work speedily but accurately.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Own reliable vehicle
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in the subject line: Senior Digital Journalist
  • Closing date for applications:  22 April 2022
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.

 

NEWS REPORTER

A full-time, office-based position for a News Reporter exists within our Editorial Department reporting to the News Editor of The Citizen newspaper, based in Industria West, Roodepoort.

Purpose of the job:

To cover news events assigned by the News Editor and to write accurate and well-written stories for daily publication.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Production of accurate and well-written news copy
  • Interviewing people in a range of circumstances
  • Seeking out and investigating stories via your contacts
  • Covering important events/issues timeously
  • Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report and write exclusive/unique stories
  • Work with the News Editor in the development of story and project ideas
  • Identify and develop newsworthy online stories in conjunction with the news editor for print and paywall
  • Coordinate with the digital editorial team to create online/multi-media and social media content
  • Do fact-checking of all articles you write
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices
  • Establishing a network of contacts
  • Monitor electronic news outlets to pick up on news leads and story ideas
  • Working across the different news platforms of The Citizen
  • Taking stories forward at any time of the day, on the most appropriate news platform of The Citizen

Core Competencies:

Knowledge/ExperienceSkillsAttitude
Talent for writing coupled with a keen news sense of newsMS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), OutlookAbility to work accurately
Keen interest in reading newspapersCommunication skillsAbility to work under pressure
Matric and Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in JournalismRelationship-building skillsDeadline driven
+ 5 years of writing experiencePeople skillsHigh degree of professional Journalistic conduct
Copy tastingAbility to communicate and post on news events via multiple social media platformsAbility to work both independently and in a team
Social media Accuracy, speed and balance

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license essential
  • Own vehicle essential
  • Willing to work irregular hours and weekends
  • Solid references
  • No criminal record
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in the subject line: News Reporter
  • Closing date for applications:  22 April 2022
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.

DATA ANALYST AND SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Citizen has a full-time, office-based vacancy in its Johannesburg (Industria West) office for a DATA ANALYST AND SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST, reporting to the Digital Editor.

Main Responsibilities

Reports and analysis:

  • Provide ongoing reports and analysis (ad-hoc, daily, weekly, quarterly and annually), using Google Analytics and 3rd party applications.
  • Provide editors, journalists and all relevant role players with data to support decision-making and content strategies in a timeous manner.
  • Show initiative to identify and pursue new and existing trends using various data tools and analysis.

Social media management and facilitation:

  • Work with the editorial and advertising teams to generate content for social media platforms.
  • Ensure that social media platforms stay up to date with relevant, goal-driven content.
  • Analyse and compile reports to monitor, and improve, the performance of all social media channels.

Core Competencies:

Knowledge/Experience

  • Matric/Grade 12
  • An appropriate Bachelor’s or higher degree.
  • Proven, related, work experience.

Attitude

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to learn
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Dynamic, adaptable and flexible
  • Deadline driven
  • Team player
  • Excellent writing skills.

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Own vehicle
  • Solid references
  • No criminal record
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in subject line: DATA ANALYST AND SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
  • Closing date for applications:  10 April 2022
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.